Sitting at my desk, I'm looking out on the sort of weather we always visualise for Christmas Day (shame it's 2 days late!)-big chunky snow flakes whirling around my garden. Pretty from where I'm sitting, and forcing me to sit and reflect, and to peek through the curtains to see what's on the horizon for 2018.
A catch-up on my last post:
In the News
So this was the newspaper article in my local paper, The Essex Chronicle. I'm really pleased with it and to have the lovely students involved too.
The students involved in the 'Discovery Festival' were also thrilled to see their work and were very proud to meet the Mayor of Chelmsford and chat to him about their work.
Lauriston Farm En Plein Air Painting
I won't bore you with the details, suffice to say, the Universe was conspiring against me going to Lauriston Farm for the painting day! I was so looking forward to it, so hopefully I will manage to get involved with the next one.
Bearded Gypsy Trade Fayre
What a fab day that was! I can't believe how many lovely friends came to support me, I am so, so grateful. And it was a successful event for me too as I sold some books, pendants and bracelets, and had orders placed too. Thank you!
What's through the curtains?
My mind is a messy place-ask anyone who knows me. I switch from one thing to another always looking for the next creative outlet. BUT I do have some plans!
I have been asked many times to teach crochet, so 2018 is the year that I intend to start doing that. I am currently looking into a venue and sorting out all the logistics, but if you are interested in learning to crochet please contact me!
I will be working with Beth Coutinho (see her facebook art page here:https://www.facebook.com/B.Coutinhoartist/?fref=ts) on putting the art trail back on Chelmsford's map. Along with my friend Kate I will helping to run the 'Chelmsford Art Trail Portrait Competition'. I can't wait to get involved.
Essex Schools Showcase for the Arts
Alongside the art trail, the 'Essex Summer of Arts' events will include the Essex Schools Showcase for the Arts. Last year, I was able to collate students work to exhibit in this wonderful event which runs for a whole month in the City Centre. The students got involved in running the event and helped me put the artworks up.
This year, I am hoping to present even more artworks from the students, so please come along and see what they produce!
For more info about this event: http://www.essexschoolsarts.org/
More arts and crafts!
Of course, there will be plenty more arts and crafts in 2018. My set of 3 paintings based on my 'friendship and support' mural are still works in progress, and I have some craft commissions to fulfil.
So cheers! Here's to 2018 being a creative, productive year!